Canon is one of the big names in photography. From cameras, to lenses, to how to courses, they produce it. One of Canon’s latest offerings is a series of online photography courses. With offerings ranging from an introduction to Canon’s Rebel DSLR to getting better kid photos to specific courses like New York photography, the initial offering of courses is diverse. Now, I did not go through every single frame of every single course currently offered to complete this review. I did go through part of different courses, make random leaps into courses to see if they fit the descriptions, dug into the interface, and went through the terms.
Canon Photography Online Learning Courses Overview
The Canon online courses are partly text but heavy on instructional video from respected photographers loyal to the Canon brand. Each course has a pretty detailed summary and a snippet that you can review before making a purchase. Courses purchased are available for unlimited viewing by the purchaser for 1 year from date of purchase.
Prices for the courses range from $19.99 to $39.95 with a 30 day (from purchase date, not start of course date) refund policy. There are some additional terms for refunds based on Canon’s discretion if technical problems arise on their end of the courses. These prices and terms are pretty normal and certainly not excessive. The 1 year accessibility is great as new photographers will likely find they get more out of a course the 2nd or 3rd time viewing it after practicing the initial information.
Course Skill Levels
While Canon says these courses are suitable for all skill levels, I found the vast majority of them to be suited more to a casual hobbyist or new photographer. If you are struggling with figuring out why your photos don’t pop or haven’t taken your camera off automatic setting in months because trying to figure out F-Stops gives you a headache, this is more your speed. Much of the information contained is absolutely for those who are newer to photography. That said, some of the courses do have little nuggets of information that more experienced photographers can use. This is the prime benefit of Canon using well respected and very experienced photographers in these lessons. Beyond the actual class information, little personal tips tend to slip into the course at odd moments.
All Canon All the Time
As you would expect, the courses lean heavily on Canon gear. Now, except for courses like the introduction to the Canon Rebel, this isn’t going to matter much if you shoot with something else. Just be sure to read the descriptions when a course is gear specific, like the introduction to flash that is actually more of an introduction to Speedlite use.
Don’t Upload Your Photos
The courses offered through Canon Online Learning are mostly very good. Instructors, for the most part, are on track and well organized. Only one instructor rambled so much my eyes glazed over and I clicked out of that course while shaking my head. The refund policy is well stated for cases like that and there is plenty of samples and preliminary information for you to peruse before paying for a class. Bottom line is that if you like the samples of the class, try out the full class. You just might find a really interesting bit of information to make your photos really pop.